Now is the time of year when you’ll wish to deadhead your chives. The term deadheading refers to cutting off the flowers on a plant after they are spent (done flowering).
Chives in full bloom
Chives are perennial herbs that will grow back year after year in most environments. They can be pretty aggressive reseeders and, if you don’t get rid of the flowers prior to they set seed, you will find tiny chive plants all around your gardens in the spring.
Deadheading chives after the flowers fade will avoid seed development, and keep the plant looking tidy. The photo above is of my chives in full flower looking stunning!
Here is a picture of the chives right before I deadheaded them. You can see that the flowers are invested, they have actually lost their color and look dead.
Chives after flowers have actually started to set seed
The simplest method to deadhead chives is to offer the entire plant a hairstyle simply listed below the flowers with a hedge trimming shears. This won’t hurt the plant and will keep it looking neat for the remainder of the summertime.
Deadheading the chives
If you want the plant to set seed, then you’ll want to leave the flowers on till the seed pods open; most likely another number of weeks. When this takes place, you will quickly see the seeds. They are black, about half the size of a peppercorn, and they will fall out onto the ground when the plant is disturbed. Collect chive seeds by gently shaking the seed pods or cutting them over a container. Bear in mind that chive seeds are only viable for about one year. So if you want to start brand-new plants or share the seeds with friends, the earlier you do it, the much better.
Other pointers about chives:
Cut the foliage down to the ground in late fall or very early spring. I like to do it in late fall since chives are early spring growers.
Chives are a seasonal herb and are delicious in great deals of various dishes. You can enjoy them for the majority of the year because they grow early in the spring and will remain green well into the fall.
To harvest chives, cut the whole stalk to the ground. You don’t need to remove the bulbs to take pleasure in the chives.
Chives can be preserved for a long period of time by merely freezing them, here’s how.
When chive plants are mature and packed with flowers, they can take advantage of a hoop style assistance so the flowers don’t droop to the ground. You can easily make your own momentary assistance out of stakes and string.